It's been 10 years since a destructive rain and wind storm knocked down about 30 to 40 acres of conifers just off the River road in Victory Wildlife Management area. After a logging contractor cleared the fallen trees the 40 acres became a Birding Hotspot. It was an excellent area to bird before the 'Blowdown' but with the clearing and new growth the variety of species found there greatly increased. 10 years ago you could access the whole area on trails made by the log skidders. Today access is mainly by the logging road/trail that cuts through the center of the Blowdown area. With the attempt to introduce Spruce Grouse back into The Victory WMA several years ago it was possible to find Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Canada Jays and Boreal Chickadees in this one area although the hardest to find was the Boreal Chickadee and still is in Victory. Each year after the fallen trees where removed it was always exciting to see what new species would make this a place to breed in. Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder Flycatchers along with Swainson's Thrush began to be seen. And of course Mourning Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Palm Warbler began breeding as well. Last year I found an Eastern Towhee, a bird now making its way into Essex County. This morning I spent a few hours there just to see how things are progressing. Most of the cleared areas are growing in rapidly and access into them is difficult but I managed to bushwhack into a few and was surprised to find several species of warblers are still using it as a place to breed. In the Fall it is a favorite place to catch views of immature migrating warblers. My report is just from the Blowdown area.